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Shangrilah Bungalow

An old budget favourite

What we say: 3.5 stars

One of Ko Samui’s old favourite budget bungalows, Shangrilah is still around – although you may not think so, as their website seldom works, and they’re hard to reach by email. They were closed for a while, but are now back up and running, which their repeat guests are happy about.

Ah! A taste of old Samui.

Ah! A taste of old Samui.

Shangrilah is tucked into the back corner of beach row in Mae Nam. It has a beautiful and clean beach, and compared to other beaches on the island the sea is quite deep here. Other than a few hammocks swinging between the palm trees, there’s no equipment on the beach, as opposed to several neighbouring hotels that have tacky plastic beds littered about.

The grounds are well kept and watered frequently, leaving the inner core green and lush. The resort is set back from the ring road, so there’s no traffic disturbance, and the only sounds you hear for the most part are the mynah birds chirruping away.

Your own little beach shack.

Your own little beach shack.

The restaurant is rather average with certain items being pricey and others moderate, and portions are could be bigger. However, Shangrilah is within walking distance to several bars and restaurants thriving off the bungalow communities tucked into beach row. The Mae Nam Thursday night walking street market is also a short walk away, in the loop road by the Chinese temple. Walk via the beach or the main road.

Staff are friendly but only a few speak a bit of English. The residents consist of mainly German families and older German couples as well as older regulars from Scandinavia and Europe escaping cold winters. There seems to be a sense of community, as these travellers meet up each year, so congregate and socialise. Most guests tend to book longer stays, although shorter stays are most certainly allowed – if you can get a room. There’s rarely a vacancy, so book in advance.

From green lawn to white sand.

From green lawn to white sand.

Bungalows range from small fan rooms with cold water, for 400 to 500 baht depending on season, to large air-con rooms with hot water, TV, fridge and a lounge for 2,600 to 2,800 baht per night, again depending on season. Bigger fan rooms go for 600 to 700 baht, and an air-con room with hot water and a seaview is 800 to 900 baht.

The cheap bungalows Shangrilah is known for are simply furnished with wooden floors and a basic bed as well as a fan. With two windows, there’s good air flow, and the raised bungalows have small verandahs. Toilets are Western and there’s a shower – although as mentioned, for the cheaper ones, it’s only cold water. Rooms are cleaned three times a week, if you leave your key at reception.

Shangrilah has free WiFi throughout, and signal is good even on the beach so you can update your travel blog while swinging in a hammock. There’s plenty of parking, as well as a massage sala. The resort attracts backpacker and flashpackers as well as their regulars, who are looking for simple accommodation in a scenic setting on a clean beach, (mostly) free of vendors. Being on the northern shore, you’ll catch both sunrise and sunset.

A view worth coming home to.

A view worth coming home to.

If Shangrilah is full, try Moonhuts Bungalows or Silent Bungalows, both also on this stretch of Mae Nam beach.

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Contact details:

1/2 Moo 4 Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui (Driving west on the ring road, about 1km past the Mae Nam traffic lights, there's a sign pointing towards the road to Shangrilah).  T: (077) 425 189 F: (077) 247 153  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan private b'room 400 baht 500 baht Large 600/700
Bungalow air-con private b'room 800 baht 900 baht
Family room 2,600 baht 2,800 baht Air-con, private bathroom

Added to Travelfish on: 18th September, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 12th September, 2013

Last reviewed by:
Rosanne Turner relocated to Thailand in 2010 from South Africa. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of Samui after walking every beach, hill, coconut grove and forgotten path in search of that memory-making beach bar. You can follow her blog at Travelling Pen.
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